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Joseph Earl Thomas

September 7, 1934 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 87)

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Joseph Earl Thomas, age 87, of Pittsboro, died Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan UNC Hospice Home.

Earl was born in Chatham County on September 7, 1934, to the late Joseph Arthur Thomas and Mattie Emily Poe Thomas. He was also preceded in death by one brother-in-law Marcus Clark.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Etta Brooks Thomas, three sons, Eddie Thomas and wife Jo Ann of Pittsboro, Scott Thomas and wife Donna of Pittsboro, Jeff Thomas and fiancé Sheri Haney of Greer, South Carolina, one daughter, Joette Springle and husband Jim of Pittsboro, ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one brother, Arthur Thomas Jr. and three sisters, Cornelia Clark of Apex, Boots Atkinson, and husband Don of Pittsboro, and Valinda Thomas and husband James of Pittsboro.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2PM at Emmaus Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Moore presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Immediately following the committal service, the family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in Earl’s memory to Emmaus Baptist Church Missions Fund, 2428 Silk Hope Gum Spring Road Pittsboro, NC 27312 or the SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care, 100 Roundtree Way Pittsboro, NC 27312.

The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to two special caregivers, Audrey Parker and Lisa Braxton.

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Funeral Service
December 12, 2021

2:00 PM
Emmaus Baptist Church (Pittsboro)

Visitation Following Service

Emmaus Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
2430 Silk Hope Gum Springs Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312


SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care
UNC Foundation, ATTN: Tina, 123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill NC 27516

Emmaus Baptist Church Missions Fund
2428 Silk Hope Gum Spring Road, Pittsboro NC 27312

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